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From Stephen McConnell <>
Subject Re: [RT] Multiple Mentors
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2003 10:35:53 GMT

Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:

> Berin Lautenbach wrote:
>> Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
>>> Berin Lautenbach wrote:
>>>> Nicola,
>>>> I suppose the only slight reservation would be who is accountable?  
>>>> The old "Fred Bloggs is looking after that" can kick in.  I think 
>>>> the Incubator PMC also wants to be able to hold people accountable 
>>>> for inubation activities.  Gets harder with multiple people.
>>> If the accountable person fails, what can we do? Nothing.
>> Replace them!  
> Too late, the bad is done. I want to minimize the possibility of it 
> happening. 

I understand you point  - but I think you focussing on the wrong place.  
The single point of accountability is IMO an important criteria - 
instead - I think what you should be looking at is the framework within 
which that reposibility becomes drop dead easy based on a framework of 

As a simple example - the process description establishes a sequence of 
events with responsibilities on a project to move itself out of 
incubation. The process will involve actions by the Mentors and the PMC 
and we don't these actions to be slowing down the works.  An important 
aspect here is visibility of status and pending actions.  This takes me 
back to the discussion about using JIRA - that's the sort of example 
where I could checkout open-actions on any incubator project - and based 
on that information I could jump in and help out.  That results is 
greater community contribution to the process - less overhead oper 
Mentor - etc. etc.  I.e. think more about facilities to enable members 
of the community to facilitate the exit of project under incubation.

Cheers, Steve.


Stephen J. McConnell

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